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Friday, February 3, 2012

The Egyptian by Layton Green

In a break from my norm, I took some time to read Layton Green's The Egyptian. I think I was initially drawn into the book because I'm always curious about Egypt and it's history and lore. But the story itself is more of a Balducci-esque mystery/thriller!
Here is the summary from Goodreads: At a mausoleum in Cairo’s most notorious cemetery, a mercenary receives a package containing a silver test tube suspended in hydraulic stasis.

An investigative reporter tracking rogue biomedical companies is terrified by the appearance of a mummified man outside her Manhattan apartment.

A Bulgarian scientist who dabbles in the occult makes a startling discovery in his underground laboratory.

These seemingly separate events collide when Dominic Grey and Viktor Radek, private investigators of cults, are hired by the CEO of an Egyptian biomedical firm to locate stolen research integral to the company’s new life extension product. However, after witnessing the slaughter of a team of scientists by the remnants of a dangerous cult thought long abandoned, Grey and Viktor turn from pursuers to pursued.

From the gleaming corridors of visionary laboratories to the cobblestone alleys of Eastern Europe to a lost oasis in the Sahara, Grey and Viktor must sift through science and myth to uncover the truth behind the Egyptian and his sinister biotech – before that truth kills them.

What I Liked: I spend so much time these days reading paranormal and young adult fiction that I'm amazed sometimes when I get into a book and there aren't werewolves or vampires or fairies. Or teens, for that matter. So this book was kind of like taking a vacation from that world. That was fun for me. 1) If I could only choose one word to describe this book, it would be intricate. There are so many different things going on at once, that I was worried for a bit that I might have trouble following it. But I didn't. The storylines that were woven were intricate, but easy enough to follow and still be intriguing. 2) The strength of the characters. All of the characters that we followed through the books were very strong in their own way. And it was their strength that really drew me into the story, because I was kind of in awe of them, in a way. Especially Veronica. I thought she was a great female lead amongst the other male MCs. 3) The second half of the book. This is where I really sank into the story. Everything seemed to get deeper and more complex once I reached a halfway point. The storylines, the relationships, even the reason behind the stolen object. Yet at the same time, it all become more clear. I think the depth of the story here really helped to bring some things to light. This is where the development both of plot and characters really took off.

What I Didn't Like: 1) The first half of the story. I didn't so much dislike it, as I felt a little disconnected. Especially with the jumping around in the plot. There is a lot of information to process in a short amount of time. But once I started understanding more about who and what was going on, once everything became a bit more developed, I liked the story a lot more.

Overall thoughts: For fans of mysteries and thrillers, Layton Green's story is definitely one to check out. It will keep you guessing until the very end, when you'll be surprised at the final outcome. You won't know which characters you want to root for, but you'll feel compelled to learn all of their stories. Check this one out!

My rating: 4 shots

Cheers and Happy Reading!


  1. Nice review. From first looking at it, I would have thought it was a historical fiction.

    Beth ^_^

  2. I would have thought so too, but no. Not so much with the hisorical fiction. Actually, I didn't feel like the title fit all that well. Thanks for stopping by, Beth!


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